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2020 Streaming Compiled Archival Nutcracker Performances


Jack Reed

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We have a thread for free streaming professional company performances and another for professional streaming Nutcrackers "all in one place", but technically, Ballet Chicago is a ballet school, a very good one, IMHO, one which puts on some very satisfying performances, including an annual Nutcracker mostly of their own invention - well, most of what I like about it is that they follow Tchaikovsky's directions very well - so I offer a post in this place.  (And part of the invention on view is 3/4 of the pas de deux attributed to George Balanchine, by permission of the Balanchine Trust, placed all together near the end of Act II, with a male variation made by AD Daniel Duell, an alum of Balanchine's NYCB.)

Now they offer three (or four, they're still at work on them) compilations from the best casts over the years since 2005.

Here's a link to their schedule and casting.  You'll notice some repetition of programs, but no big-name guest stars.  (None needed.  This may not be SAB, but it is a serious school.)  The names of the top of the school - the Ballet Chicago Studio Company - are here too, in case you try one or two of these and want to know, who was that?  At least, I hope that happens:

https://www.balletchicago.org/casting

And here's where you can buy tickets - actually, a link sent to your email in-box, along with a password.  Do click the start time at least two hours early to make the transaction online, or otherwise, call the box office:

https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1033697

I've posted on and off over the years about BC farther down the page for this forum, with background and images and links to some video, but here's a link to a video of their Snow scene, a hit of the production (choreographed by Patricia Blair, Dan's partner in life and art, formerly with the Eglevsky Ballet when Edward Villella was Artistic Advisor):

https://vimeo.com/247428800

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